2016 Conference

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute's 15th Annual Conference "Understanding Gambling: Mechanisms and Predictors" took place April 7-9, 2016 @ The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada (Opening reception April 7, 2016).

Conference Learning Objectives

By the end of the Alberta Gambling Research Institute’s Annual Conference, participants will:

  1. Understand current research on the mechanisms behind gambling, problem gambling and recovery from problem gambling
  2. Garner knowledge of the scope of gambling-related research, locally, nationally and internationally
  3. Engage in discussion of issues with speakers and other participants regarding gambling, problem gambling and recovery from gambling
  4. Have the opportunity to showcase their research findings

Presentation themes ranged from updates on the latest research on neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms that underlie gambling and problem gambling to presentations on how different treatment and self-help interventions work. Plenary presentations from top experts provided the stimulus for structured conversation sessions that allowed participants to discuss issues in depth. Participants also had the opportunity to showcase their recent research findings.

Canadian Consortium on Gambling Research (CCGR) Pre-Conference Workshop "Digital Engagement: How the Web Changes Recruitment, Data Collection, and User Feedback" (Program / Speaker Bios took place Thursday, April 7, 2016.

The CCGR annual research methods workshop (April 7, 2016) engaged researchers, policy makers and other experts to share their knowledge, perspectives and experience on key issues in gambling research. This workshop explored frameworks, methods, and ethical issues related to online recruitment and data collection, analyzing large collections of online data, and the effectiveness of real time feedback on player behaviour.